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Hi I'm Dustin

I'm from the beautiful valley of Yakima, WA. I was a missionary on Guam and Saipan. I lift weights and practice diving.

About Me

I was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. I am a college student studying Health Sciences. I want to help others as a physical therapist. My family loves to water ski during the summer, and we look forward to as many family reunions as we can attend to just as long as we are able to endure the travel. I love the water and the sport of diving. I practice my skills every week at the local pool. I also love feeling strong when I lift weights and build up my strength. I have a great appreciation for good music. I love to sing and dance. Ballroom dancing is my favorite. I do the best that I can to be physically active and healthy in nutrition. I've participated in ultimate frisbee and water polo. Recently, I became and earned the title of "Most Improved" Champion on my winning team at college! I guess that makes me Rookie of the semester! I was very happy to have worked out hard to earn that award.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised into it. I have been happy with my brothers, sisters, cousins, and parents in their example of living after the manner of true everlasting happiness that are found in the principles of the Restored Gospel. When I was 16 years old, I heard wise words from a missionary that I was working with. He said, "Well, at one point or another, we all become converts at some point in our lives." I have found that to be true when the time came to live on my own in college. I continued to keep the commandments the best that I could and I found out how much it has helped me do well in classes, and how much it has helped me in being friendly to others. Time soon came to serve a mission. I was called to the Micronesia Guam Mission. In preparations to serve, I asked myself many questions such as: why am I here at this point in life? Why does God want us to keep the commandments? Why does baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost matter? How does it help us? Is it Truly real? How can I feel it when I can't see it? It was there where I truly learned what Joy was in helping others find the fullness of joy that has been found in the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the modern day prophet, Joseph Smith and many other prophets called after him. I've learned what it means to live in helping others rather than living in worldly things that won't last forever or becomes meaningless over time. Because of these sacred joys that I've felt through the Holy Ghost as a result of Faith in Jesus Christ, and good works, I continue to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Now that I've returned from missionary service, I continue to be "Mormon" because I find emotional healing through the power of the Atonement of Jesus the Christ, Faith, Repentance, and continue to honor my covenants to endure to the end in keeping the commandments of the Lord.

How I live my faith

I go to the most important meeting of the week each sunday which is Sacrament meeting or Communion as it is also known to be. It is the best time for me to reflect on what I'm doing with my life and what I can do to change it so I may do the most good to myself and others around me when I promise to remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice and God's commandments while partaking of the sacrament. As single people gather together each Monday at church to hear a spiritual message and build friendships through recreational activities, I help by supporting plans from my leaders in finding volunteers to share spiritual messages. As often as occasion permits, I attend special scripture study groups on Wednesdays. We study subjects year by year such as: the life and ministry of Jesus Christ in the New Testament (within a given year), The Book or Mormon in another, Church History, The Old Testament, and so on. This group is a good place to share discussions and questions. We also research multiple sources in multiple books within the same single discussion.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Dustin
From what I understand and know by the testimony of the Holy Ghost, God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and spoke with him about restoring the Church of Jesus Christ back on Earth. As part of the restoration, God sent Angels such as Moroni, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John to Joseph Smith to restore and bless him with priesthood authority to Baptize and give the Holy Ghost to those who believe. He was also given power to pass on that authority to worthy servants of the Lord through time and the world. Show more Show less